Stelis jamesonii Lindl. 1834 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Alexander Reynolds and The U Cal Davis Website

Inflorescence Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Jameson's Stelis [Scottish Chemist and Botanist in Ecuador 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Cundinamarca and Norter de Santander departments of Colombia and Azuay province of Ecuador at elevations of 1600 to 3500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, tubular, inflated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong to oblanceolate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a racemose, subdistichous, 2 to 8.8" [5 to 22 cm] long including the 1.2 to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] long peduncle, laxly, simultaneously several many flowered inflorescence arising through a small spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts carrying flowers with light yellow, green or purple, flecked, dotted, mottled and veined with brown or purple.

"Often confused with S ascendens but distinguished by a caespitose, fasciculate, non-repent but frequently prolific habit. The raceme is long-pedicellate with the pedicels projecting conspicuously beyond the floral bracts. The broadly ovate sepals are glabrous, the petals are similar and the very short lip is a thinner disc-shape that is deeper than wide." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* J. Bot. (Hooker) 1: 11 Lindley 1834

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 153 Luer & Escobar 2018 drawing fide